Short Stature in Children (cont.)
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Exams and Tests
The doctor or health-care practitioner will perform a complete history and physical examination, including measurements of the child's height, weight, limbs, and trunk. The doctor may perform blood tests to determine if the cause of short stature is related to a hormone deficiency or genetic disorder. Tests that may be performed include the following:
The doctor may take a simple x-ray of the left hand and wrist to assess bone age.
Other scans and special tests may be performed if a tumor is suspected to be the cause of delayed growth.